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Currentchoices The Month in Preview April 2015




My Fair Lady

April 9-26 “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly?” “The Rain in Spain” “I Could Have Danced All Night” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” are all part of this musical masterpiece that will complete Georgia Ensemble Theater’s 22nd season. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, you will fall in love all over again with Eliza Doolittle, a Covent Garden flower peddler who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop. Along the way, Eliza succeeds so well that she outgrows her lowly social status, and manages to become an indispensable part of Higgins’ life. GET is located in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell. For more info call 770-641-1260 or visit www.get.org.


Azalea Festival

Outdoor events

April 11-20

All month

The First Annual Roswell Azalea Festival will take place throughout Roswell as organizers prepare to pay tribute to the azalea, which is a heat and drought tolerant plant native to Georgia. The festival began as an effort to increase awareness of The Cottage School and to create a scholarship endowment fund for that school.  However, it was quickly realized that the festival should embrace all of Roswell and focus on the beauty of the Azaleas during their peak blooming season. For additional information please visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com.

There are a multitude of local places to enjoy the great spring weather and some great food. In April, Alive After 5 begins on the 16th as the Canton Street in Roswell and the Historic square come to life on the 3rd Thursday of each month. In Alpharetta there is the Food Truck Alley. Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early. Let’s also not forget the healthy side of life. There are several local farmers markets now open that feature a wide variety of offerings from local farmers and specialty food producers. The Marietta Square Farmers Market is now open on Saturdays and Sundays on the Historic Square. Additionally, both Roswell and Alpharetta offers farmers markets on the weekends. Both of these markets begins on Apr. 18. Roswell Farmers Market is at City Hall and the Alpharetta Farmers Market takes place in the Historic Downtown beginning at 8:30a.m.


Kenny Garrett Concert

April 26 & 27


The Asheville Art Connection

April 19 The Wild Hope Art Gallery invites you to view fine art paintings from four talented Asheville Artists: Victoria Pinney, Mark Bettis, Karen Weihs, and Tebbe Davis. The show marks the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the artists of the River Arts District. Show opens Sun. April 19, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. For Interior Designers: a private open house on Saturday, April 18, 2:00 –5:00 p.m. Wild Hope is at 8470 Holcomb Bridge Road, in the Ellard Village Shopping Center. Call 678-580-0493 or visit wildhopeartgallery.com for details.

Kenny Garrett is a Grammy Award-winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis’s band. He has since pursued a successful solo career and has been described as “...The most important alto saxophonist of his generation” by Washington City Paper and “...One of the most admired alto saxophonists in jazz after Charlie Parker” by The New York Times. Concert is at The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Pkwy in Alpharetta. For show times call 855-583-5838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.

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Chukkar Farm TGIF Concerts

April 17


Atlanta Plays it Forward hosts a musical series one Friday each month at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta. The entertainment will change with each concert and bring a great variety of entertainment to the Chukkar Farm Pavilion. The concerts are held on the third Friday of each month from April thru October. The series starts with Shower of Stars with the Jazz Jones Legacy. This intimate concert is cabaret style featuring four of Atlanta’s best vocalists: Melanie Dobbins, Brandon DeGroff, Michele GlenDe, Alvin Maddox. All concerts are “Chastain-style” so bring your own picnic basket and beverages and come prepared to have a wonderful evening. Atlanta Plays it Forward and Chukkar Farms support a different local charity at each concert. For more info visit www.chukkarfarmpoloclub.com. >>THEY RAN ON STEAM

Vintage Computer Festival 3.0

May 2 & 3 The festival will have over 35,000 sq. ft. of displays, exhibits and interactive entertainment hosted in what was previously a Comp-USA Super Store in Roswell near exit 7. Exhibitors will be attending from all over the region and country. Attendees can operate many of the computers and devices on display, but a few rare computer exhibits will not be accessible for public interactivity. However, exhibitors are often available for live demonstrations of all working devices. At this year’s exhibit, historical milestones will be celebrated including those for the PDP-8 which turns 50 years old this year, the Altair 8800 which turns 40 this year and the Amiga 1000 which turns 30. Some examples of these machines will be on display. For full details and schedule please visit: www.vintage.org/2015/southeast/ >>IT’S A BIRD… NO A PLANE!

Salute to America 2015 Air Show

May 9-10 Get ready for a weekend of excitement and family fun at the Salute to America 2015 Air Show at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. You will witness a 360-degree roll from a RCAF CF-18 Hornet, hear the roar of the jet engine and watch the trail of smoke behind a vintage aircraft. For two days, you’ll have a chance to see some of the most fascinating air displays of skill and precision, and even meet a pilot or two. This year there will be plenty of food, vendors, kid’s landing zone, live music and night-time festivities. To purchase tickets, parking passes or find out more information visit www.SaluteAmericaAirShow.com.

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A SMARTER WAY TO BANK Visit LGE’s website (www.LGEccu.org) or stop by any of its area locations, and learn how the credit union can help you put more money in your pocket.

At LGE’s annual employee event in December, donations were made to local charities and families in need. The funds donated were raised by the Credit Union’s charity, the LGE Community Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. The Credit Union had pledged to match funds raised by the LGE Foundation up to $50,000, which was double the amount from the previous year. With the match, the Foundation donated over $102,000.

Most importantly, a credit union has no stockholders and no paid directors. So, instead of setting aside profits for those individuals, LGE is able to offer its account holders higher earnings on personal checking and savings accounts, lower rates on loans, and lower fees than one would typically find at a bank. Credit unions exist to serve their account holders, or what credit unions call members. The emphasis is on people, not profits. Also, many people don’t realize that your funds at LGE are federally insured, meaning your money is safe. Are credit unions limited in their services? No, not at all. Credit unions like LGE are able to offer full-service banking, such as a variety of personal and business accounts, online and mobile services (like Bill Pay and Mobile Apps), and ATM services. LGE even offers an expanded line of services with LGE Insurance Services, LLC and LGE Investment and Retirement Services. These in-house businesses are available to LGE’s members and provide financial services in addition to its attractive deposit and loan offerings.


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April marks not only our entrance into springtime, but also the kickoff for the season of street festivals. It seems no matter where you go in the month of April, someone is having a festival and everyone is outside reintroducing themselves to the sun. Though we may have our share of April showers, Atlanta is ready to get out and celebrate, rain or shine. So, you’ve got an age-old dilemma. You’d love to fill your passport with stamps, but it’s just not practical. You’ve got work and family to think about. Travel is too expensive and you honestly can’t spare the time. What if you could circle the globe in just one day? The UGA International Street Festival in Athens provides the opportunity to do just that. On April 11, grab your festival passport and wander from country to country as you sample food, watch live performances and learn about new cultures. Collect stamps from each country and be entered into

a prize drawing. Best of all, you can easily transport the whole family on this trek around the world. Kids will color international paper dolls, design their own flags and create exotic jewelry based on the traditions of each host. Connect with the global community as cultures converge in downtown Athens. Just think of the money you’ll save on airfare. One of the area’s most highly anticipated events is back as of Thursday, April 16. Alive After 5 on Canton Street, along with Alive at the Square on the Historic Roswell Square, are

As part of the 14th annual International Street Festival, hosted by the International Student Life Office, Chiyen Tseng demonstrates how to use a unique toy from his Taiwanese culture.

ready to launch with live music, good food, family, friends, and memories ready to be made. Thousands come each year, April – October, from all

over the Atlanta area and beyond to enjoy the charm of Historic Roswell while sampling the local flavors and checking out local vendors. Though

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everyone is welcome at both locations, Canton Street typically caters to a more mature crowd with a wide selection of bars and restaurants to fuel a night on the town. Alive at the Square, only a short trolley ride away, caters to families with activities for children and an ever expanding variety of food trucks. Nothing says “Thank God It’s Thursday” like Alive After 5 in Roswell! The art scene has always been exceptionally vibrant in Atlanta. It’s diverse and eclectic communities are like pressure cookers for unique, original art that can only be found here. As the area grows and becomes more popular, the arts are gaining momentum and taking priority in our neighborhoods. Alpharetta is celebrating the vitality and importance of creativity with its annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. Artists from all over the country will present their work on the streets of downtown Alpharetta as festival goers shop, listen to live music, indulge in festival cuisine and watch live cultural arts performances. The festival runs April 18-19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny, spring weekend outside. Roswell has long been known as a bike friendly community. The biggest testament to this is the renowned Roswell Cycling Festival, presented each year by Bike Roswell. Since 2002, cyclists of all ages and stages have gathered in Historic Roswell for the Mayor’s Ride, which includes lunch with the Mayor after a scenic ride around the city escorted by the Roswell police, as well as the longer and more challenging routes that showcase some of the city’s most beautiful natural assets. These celebrations of cycling are just the kick off to a day full of activity and

fun. Whether you’re riding, walking, watching or planting yourself at the Craft Beer Tasting, there is something for everyone. The goal is to get everyone out and moving. How far can you go? Sunday, April 26. Details at roswellcyclingfestival.com. After a full month of festivals and celebrations, you might be ready to slow things down a bit and get away from the crowds. There are few better places for a quick escape than Callaway Gardens, especially during springtime. On April 24, treat yourself, and maybe your loved ones, to a night of beauty with Symphony on the Sand on the shores of Callaway’s Robin Lake. Enjoy the exceptional sounds of the award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as you dig your toes into the sand and relax under the stars. Make sure to get your tickets now, before they’re gone. If you’re feeling really decadent, make a weekend out of it.

April is an excellent time to recharge and refresh yourself for the coming summer months. With everything in bloom, it’s easy to feel like you’re getting a fresh start. Embrace it! We have a relatively short window before the summer mosquitos catch on and come out to socialize. This is your chance to literally get out and smell the roses… or whatever is blooming that isn’t a Bradford pear. ❍

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everything else to fall in place. Life is good. Values + Centered Life = Happiness MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MONEY Having money certainly helps but it should not be the driving factor. Too often we see reports of people who prioritize their lives with money being the dominant force and the ultimate outcome is often undesirable. Money – Centered Life = Unhappiness Our challenge, if you care to take it, is to review perspective on your personal values and the topics your own personal values. Decide what is most that interest you most. If you identify some things important in your life. What makes you special? you want to really accomplish… make a plan to do What makes you happy? Then consider the formula it… life is short. for happiness by placing your values first. If you’re We all know people who seem to be happy all the married have a frank conversation with your spouse time. Ever ask them why? The answer may surprise and develop a unified plan. Six months from now you. Is it because money = success = happiness? By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders you may see a vast More likely it’s because their life is centered on a change in your own When the topic of financial planning is discussed strong value system. Knowing who you really are and life and your degree of most people focus on money, with good reason of staying true to yourself is invaluable. There is an old happiness. ❍ course, but the conversation doesn’t have to end with proverb that reads: “The happiest people don’t have Robert Fezza, CFP® our financial capital. How much do I have? How do I the best of everything, they just make the best of and Steve Siders, CFP® spend it? How much should I invest? everything they have.” are owners of Odyssey There are other factors that affect our lives; our When we go through life unaware of, or ignoring, Personal Financial human capital—time, energy and skills. These are our personal values, we may feel out of sorts or Robert Fezza and Steve Siders, of Advisors, 500 Sun each additional components of a successful formula disconnected. But when life is properly prioritized, Odyssey Personal Financial Adveros Valley Drive, Suite A-6, that leads to happiness. To maximize the output things just seem to click. Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with from the formula ask yourself some questions. How In our experience, the happiest people are those people who are serious about making progress towards can you better manage your time? Maybe spend a lit- who have managed to align their lives with their core their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios tle less time with your Smartphone and those time values in mind. Only after their values are clearly greater than $500,000. 770-992-4444, wasting apps. How can you increase your energy? identified can they wisely invest their human and www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Exercise and eating better to start. How can you financial capital to serve their goals. They focus on Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member improve your skills? Consider getting a clearer faith, family, and careers (as an example) allowing FINRA/SIPC.




For the past several years, whole body cryotherapy has gained popularity across the country for a variety of reasons—as a method for recovering from workouts, as a health and beauty enhancement or for overall wellness. So what can people expect when they try it for the first time? We asked Nancy Padgett, a supervisor at Chill & Body, which recently opened in Historic Roswell and at the Forum Athletic Club in Buckhead to discuss the user experience.



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occurring healing resources. Once out of the chamber, the body immediately reheats. QUESTION: What is the typical experience for a first-time user? Since it is a new experience, clients are typically a bit tentative for their first session. We thoroughly explain the process, answer any questions or concerns, and assure them we’ll be standing two feet away the entire time they are in the chamber. We let them know that they can exit at any time and I can pause the controls if needed. Really, it is overcoming mental blocks because physically they can definitely handle it.

Chill And Body Cryotherapy In Historic Roswell

QUESTION: What is the typical reaction when a client exits the chamber? Invariably, when clients step out of the chamber, they have a big smile on their faces. I hear them say things like, “Wow, that was awesome, or I really feel energized, or my knee feels so much better!”

1137 Canton Street, Roswell www.chillandbody.com


purchasing a membership and using whole body cryotherapy three to five QUESTION: When clients have their next session, times a week. This way they can does their mindset change? They come back maximize all the benefits of excited and are pumped up for their cryotherapy at a really good value. cryo session. The typical comment is, “Alright, let’s do this!” To learn more about the benefits of whole body cryotherapy, call QUESTION: Are you seeing repeat customers? Chill & Body, visit either their “Definitely. Since our February Roswell or Atlanta location, or book opening, more and more people are an appointment online at signing up for multiple packages. In chillandbody.com fact, we are seeing quite a few people

Kudos to Roswell’s elected officials! Roswell has taken the first step to joining other municipalities that understand how investments in strategic Art drive economic and social vitality. Public Art at Fire Station #4 may be functional, stand-alone, or integrated into the architecture of building in the form of architectural elements such as creatively executed gates, entryways, sitting areas, walls, and walkways. The artwork will respond to and reflect the mission, history, and future of Our quest was fortified by the firefighters and paramedics. Additionally, recommendations of the Imagine it will reflect their bravery, devotion, and Roswell, Arts and Culture Study sacrifice as well as capture an awareness completed earlier this year. of the site, both physically and socially. Success feels good! The artwork will likely exude both a day The City Council authorized staff to re- and night presence to reflect the 24/7 search Public Art Policy and a Master workday of fire professionals. Plan, but the amazing news is that in adThe Roswell Arts Commission has vance of a formal policy, Mayor Jere been charged with shepherding this projWood and Members of the City Council ect to completion. Based on best enthusiastically and unanimously voted practices customized for Roswell and to fund Public Art for the construction of this project, a Public Art Selection Panel the new Fire Station #4 on Holcomb will be created representing all key stakeBridge Road in East Roswell. holders. The panel will select the artist

“They” said it would never happen. “They” were wrong. For two years the Roswell Arts Commission has tenaciously lobbied the City of Roswell to move forward with a percent for public art policy, as most of our neighbor cities near and far have adopted.

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The City of Raleigh NC and their Public Art and Design Board has approved artist Douwe Blumberg to create site-specific public art for a new Fire Station.

and artwork. This is a transformational initiative that will set the bar for future public art projects. It is critical that the art creates a sense of place, be compelling for residents and visitors, and connect to the cultural energy of neighborhood and city. We look forward to the art and the joy, surprise, pride, stimulation, and reflection it will bring to Fire Station #4, its staff, visitors, and neighborhood. ❍


QUESTION: How does the whole body cryotherapy process work? Our clients stand on an adjustable platform inside the octagonal-shaped chamber during treatment which ensures their head remains outside the unit. I fill the chamber with nitrogen vapor, which drops the temperature to a range of minus 110°C to -145°C and temporarily lowers the temperature of the skin’s top layer. During the typical three minute treatment, the skin sends a signal to the brain, which stimulates physical reactions and activates naturally

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Announcement: It’s a boy! It’s a boy! It’s a boy! I have a grandson. I’m a grandfather! Wait, I’m a grandfather? Wow, that sounds really weird.

the look on Sweetie’s face quickly told me otherwise. In retrospect some of those names do come stereotypically attached to hairy facial moles, a lingering aroma of Estee Lauder, and bowls of un-wrapped hard candy inedible in most countries. Of course, none of these are applicable in Sweetie’s case, so back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the duties of a grandfather. I’ve often said that I wish I had known “back then” what I know now, so I’m thinking my job is to impart this knowledge and wisdom on the young fella as soon as possible. Obviously, this includes how to skin and gut a squirrel, how to start a fire with a tampon and duct tape, and, of course, how to charm and romance a real babe. Unfortunately, my hunting and survival experience has basically consisted of living vicariously through backwoods TV characters, but charming and romancing a babe? Sweetie is a testament to those skills - enough said! Actually, after a little more soul searching I think I’ll focus instead on some more meaningful lessons I’ve learned throughout life, such as the value of hard work, the unconditional love of family, the importance of faith, and the power of prayer. I’d like for him to understand his special part in God’s grand plan and thoroughly enjoy his role within it. I’m not sure I did enough of that as a father, but that’s my new life work now. Oh, names? We settled on Sweetie and Papa. I may enhance that a bit with a “Big-Papa” from time to time, but that’s my prerogative right? After all, I’m a grandfather! ❍

Let me try it again - I’m a grandfather. Still doesn’t sound right. Furthermore, as I ponder this new position in life the weight of it all begins to create a slight bit of panic as I realize I don’t know the first thing about being a grandfather. First though, I must have a name. Think about it; this is the first time I’ve actually been able to choose my own name. Obviously, my mom and dad did the honors at my birth, and my children just naturally called me Daddy – normally dragged out a little for emphasis – D-a-d-d-y. This was generally followed by whatever the latest request for merchandise, leniency, or permission happened to be. But now, I get to choose. The traditional Granddad, Grandpa, or Gramps, just don’t capture the full essence of what I think I need to embody as a grandfather, so I ran a few suggestions by Sweetie to get her take on my new title. I was a little dismayed that “Grand-Thor,” “Running-Bear,” and “Great Wise Hunter” all hit the editing floor as quickly as they were suggested. I tried to explain that after a little marinating on these one might just hit the mark, but she was fairly unwavering in her final judgment. So, I thought maybe we should begin the discussion around her moniker. I also had a few suggestions here such as “MeeMaw,” “Grannie,” or my Mike can be reached at favorite, “Grand-ma.” I thought all of miscellaneousramblings@yahoo.com these were worthy contributions, but

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THE EVERYMAN’S ADVENTURE “I don’t really recommend that you go looking for redemption on the trail. But if you’re lucky, you might find it anyway.” Richard Judy on the Appalachian Trail.

By Jessica Diamond

“I do my best thinking when I’m walking.” Author, Roswell resident, hiking enthusiast and self-proclaimed everyman Richard Judy completed a southbound (SOBO) thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 1973. He was 21 years old. Judy, trail name The Peregrine, began the journey in Maine on Mt. Katahdin and finished, many months later, in the mountains of North Georgia. The Appalachian Trail stretches on for 2,184 miles and is protected by a series of non-profit organizations, corporations, volunteers, national parks and private land owners. Some consider it to be the last great adventure, for those who have the courage to take it on. After years of working in journalism and PR, Judy decided that a personal memoir of his experiences on the AT would not be sufficient to capture the true nature of a thru-hike. Instead, he wrote a novel about a diverse group of northbound (NOBO) thru-hikers who inwardly ask themselves, “What have I gotten myself into?” The star of the novel, an unlikely NOBO hopeful with more circumference than height, goes by the trail name of Captain Stupid and embodies the idea that a thru-hiker need not be a specialized athlete. Judy considers himself to be a testament to this truth. Though it may help to have iron calves on a thru-hike, it’s more important to have an iron will. “It’s a traveling circus of crazy people, myself included,” Judy said after recounting a few tales of naked hikers he bumped into along the way, apparently celebrating National Hike Naked Day. “When I left school and flew to Maine, I thought to myself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ Then I began asking other people that same question. It turns out I opened a huge can of

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“I hiked the Balkans, the Himalayas, the Grand Canyon and I took a bike trip cross-country. I’ll do it till I can’t walk anymore.” worms. People got really emotional about it. I don’t really recommend that you go looking for redemption on the trail. But if you’re lucky, you might find it anyway. It will certainly give you a sense of independence.” Richard and his wife Patsy are the parents of two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom completed thruhikes of the AT. They made appearances in Judy’s book, passing the characters on just one page. Judy hiked alongside his daughter for the first 100 miles of her hike and declared that she enjoyed the AT more than anyone he had ever seen. “It was the best experience we ever had together,” Judy remembered. “I had this idea I would pass on all of my wisdom, but I ended up holding back. I just watched her take ownership of it, it was the greatest thing. She met some great people along the way and I knew she’d be okay.” Judy admits that many of his characters are based on people his daughter met along the trail. He also jokes that Captain Stupid, the morbidly obese comic relief with the heart of gold, is loosely based on himself. Judy’s son had a good experience on the trail, but encountered a tick that took a few months to fully recover from. An adventure junkie for the rest of his days, Judy has hiked trails all over the world since he conquered the AT. “I hiked the Balkans, the Himalayas, the Grand Canyon and I took a bike trip cross-country. I’ll do it till I can’t walk anymore,” Judy

laughed. “Or Patsy can just push me in a chair.” “Nah,” Patsy comically chimed. “I’ll just shoot you instead.” One of Judy’s most passionate occupations is serving on the board of the Hike Inn, an eco-friendly lodge in the Chattahoochee National Forrest. “We are LEAD Certified,” Judy boasted. “We use solar power, we have worms that dispose of waste and we educate everyone who stays about conservation. It’s been my obsession for 5 years now.” Judy is so passionate about conservation, he has actually agreed to give 100% of the proceeds from his novel to the Appalachian Trail Museum Society. In exchange, the Museum agreed to publish and distribute Judy’s novel. “It’s the first thing they’ve ever published,” Judy said. “I just told them, ‘It’s yours. Use it and keep the money.’ The most fun part of the whole process was to be able to give back to the trail project.” Judy has a second novel in the works. This one will shift from the nomadic perspective of hikers to the perspective of one of the many small towns that line the trail. Following his journal entry style storytelling, the characters will be townspeople who observe and interact with the hundreds of travelers that pass through their town each year. Fans of Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story eagerly anticipate this new tale. ❍



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IT’S TIME FOR FUN IN THE SUN a daily basis. And finally, does this meet my child’s and our famcan believe it, it’s time to start thinking about and >> KIDS & KAY Ifyes,you ily’s goals of a safe and fun summer camp choice. Not start signing up for, summer camp! too much sun-not too much inside; is there a lot of Last summer, camp programs received a lot of physical activity; are creative choices offered; will my attention from the state regulatory agency known as child learn something new; are there chances to keep DECAL and through legislative action sponsored by the their minds Georgia Child Care Association. In a nutshell, there are a “summer lot of programs operating during the summer that do not sharp” in a meet even a minimum of health, safety, and fun way; and administrative standards for our children. Some of these Kay Paschal, Owner will they be surrounded by energetic as programs are in the very best communities and in our Peachtree Park Prep well as appropriate adult role models own back yard. as counselors. There are so many wonderful options and great programs for summer The saying “you get what you pay fun, and children these days enjoy, if not demand, a varied and very for” is never truer than when we are involved array of activities—of which our community has much to offer. talking about anything to do with our The best advice I can give for your child’s summer enjoyment and most imchild. When you can get comfortable portantly for their safety are these points to consider: with these 3 basic foundations for Almost every day your child should be going on a fun and interesting choosing a summer camp for your field trip to one of suburban Atlanta’s wealth of appropriate venues. Does child, then all you have to do is sit the Camp you are signing up for in April have a fully designed and available down and actually schedule your sumcalendar for you to truly see what you are signing up for—or are you mer… yes in April! ❍ expected to “trust” their future plans for your child’s summer? Kay Paschal is Owner of Peachtree Investigate the camp’s staff requirements for age, training, level of superPark Prep. vision, background checks, and the access that you will have to the staff on By Kay Paschal

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WomenHeart Support Group

Babysitting Workshop

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Classroom C The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease. For more information call Rebecca at 770 658-4796 or send an email to WH-FultonCo@womenheart.org.

Saturday 4/25, 5/2, and 5/30, 9 –2 p.m. Sunday 6/21, 1–5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages 11 –14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30

Ostomy Support Group

By Debbie Keel

I celebrated my 60th birthday in March with many, many good wishes and celebrations from family and friends (eerie—almost like they didn’t expect me to be here!). At least one person paid me the obligatory compliment: “You look good for your age.” Bless them. Suddenly, all those years of Debbie Keel, CEO, running on North Fulton Hospital concrete or playing tennis without warming up or lifting kids without the proper body mechanics seem to force the issue about now for most of us. It’s usually more chronic (it goes on and on like arthritis) than acute (like a broken ankle). Now, to my friend who said I looked good for my age, you don’t see me get out of bed in the morning. The well-oiled machine has lost its agility and I move a lot more like the tin man than Dorothy. Watching me prehot morning shower is really kind of funny, or so says my spouse (because I’m not there in the morning when he does the slow motion thing). I have decided that mid-50s and on is the age that orthopedic surgeons and their friends (rheumalogists, pain management specialists, etc.) must love. Not for

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themselves but for the many patients it creates. Who among us old folks hasn’t had to see an orthopedic physician around that age? (Well, other than my 92-year-old mother who doesn’t see any doctors that she doesn’t need for a cardiac emergency.) Fortunately, if you live in North Fulton, you have easy access to a large number of these specialists, some of whom are featured in this issue. They do wonders for many things and do it with the latest, greatest technology. For instance, anterior hip replacement has many of our patients leaving the hospital with 48 hours instead of three or four or more days. I can speak to the quality of these physicians because I’ve already seen many of them as a patient, not as a hospital CEO. While they haven’t promised to make me hop, skip and jump out of bed in the morning, they have made it easier and less painful. ❍

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Oncology Service Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 5/13, 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and careproviders are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Gamblers Anonymous Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend this 12 step program. Anonymity is the foundation of fellowship in this group. For more information please call David at 770-862-2564.

American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 5/9 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45

Free CPR Training Saturday 6/6; 9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m. Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Obstructive airway will also be discussed. Registration is required.

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 6/20. 9 a.m. –1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 4/25, 5/30, and 6/20 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation Saturday 4/18 , 5/16, and 6/13 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth Thursday 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, and 6/18 at 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required.

Maternity Tours

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Lupus Support Group Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom guided tour of the Labor and C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn Delivery suites, Mother/Baby from others. Guest speakers occasionally present Unit and the Neonatal ICU. and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of The tour lasts approximately America events. Contact Julie for more info one hour. 404-626-2394, lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician. Calendar continues on next page with Special Events



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High School Physicals

Senior Health & Wellness Day

Saturday, April l 25 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Students may receive a free school sports physical from a team of primary care and orthopedics physicians. No appointment necessary. For details, call 770- 751-2660.

Wednesday 4/29 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Please join us for a morning of free screenings, health information and presentations in the hospital atrium and classrooms. Co-sponsored by Roswell Rotary.

AARP Smart Driver Course

Joints Seminar Lunch & Learn

Thursday, April 30 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety needs of the Monday 5/11 older driver, this program will cover 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. laws, handling special situations, freeway traffic, aggressive drivers, Dr. Robert Yarbrough of Resurgens how medication may affect driving, will discuss surgical joint options and much more. Insurance including anterior hip replacements. companies in the state of Georgia Call to register. Space is limited offer a 15% discount for three years 770-751-2660. to those who have completed this course. Registration is required; $20 ($15 with AARP membership) Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician.

Save The Date: Monday, May 11 at 11:30 a.m. Join North Fulton Hospital for a lunch and learn as Dr. Robert Yarbrough helps explain the ins and outs of surgical joint procedures and joint replacements, specifically focusing on anterior hip joint replacement. Space is limited, call 770-751-2660 to register.

UNDERSTANDING JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY Damaged joints often cause chronic pain, swelling and stiffness that inhibits movement and decreases overall quality of life. Those who suffer from joint damage due to arthritis, injury, or another disease may struggle with everyday activities such as walking, tying shoes, and climbing stairs. When this joint pain begins to significantly affect quality of life, surgery may be the best option. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Yarbrough of North Fulton Hospital specializes in joint replacement of the hip and knee. He has dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients with joint damage, as well as furthering the advancement and effectiveness of joint replacement procedures. “The most common problem we see is advanced osteoarthritis,” Yarbrough said. “Surgery is not usually indicated. Most patients’ arthritis symptoms can be controlled with exercise, injections and medical treatments. It really depends on the patient. With advanced arthritis, patients may have severe pain performing normal daily activities. They also may have trouble sleeping. When the pain is this bad, and medicine and exercises are no longer providing adequate relief, surgery may be the best option.” When deciding if a patient is a good candidate for surgery, Dr. Yarbrough takes many factors into account, such as age, activity level and overall health. These factors have a profound impact on recovery time, so it is important to fully assess the needs of the patient before recommending surgery. Ultimately, joint replacement surgery is an elective procedure and the final decision is left up to the patient. Depending on the location and level of damage, an entire joint replacement might not be necessary.

In the case of a hip fracture, a partial replacement may be possible. With knees, it is increasingly common to do a partial replacement. However, with the hip, it is almost always a complete joint replacement. Dr. Yarbrough has extensive experience with the more recent practice of direct anterior hip replacement. Traditional hip replacement surgery involves cutting through hip muscles around the joint in order to perform the procedure. Direct Anterior hip replacement avoids cutting any muscle or tendons. This technique utilizes an “intermuscular interval” and is unique in this aspect. A special bed is utilized during the surgery that helps make the procedure possible. Direct anterior hip replacement offers the advantage of a quicker recovery than traditional hip replacement due to its muscle sparing technique. Most joint replacement procedures require post-operative physical therapy; however pre-op physical therapy can be just as vital to success as post-op physical therapy. The more conditioned a debilitated patient can before surgery, the better it is for recovery. After surgery, joint replacement patients typically receive therapy in the hospital. Afterwards, they will need in-home therapy for several weeks. Many patients follow this period with additional weeks of outpatient therapy. “New technologies are improving accuracy and outcomes all the time,” Yarbrough says. “I’ve seen wonderful advancements in this field, particularly in the bearing surfaces we use. The materials are increasingly more durable and prolong the life of the artificial joint. These advancements allow for an expedited recovery and better quality of life for the patient.” ❍



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Q A with Dr. Robert Yarbrough Dr. Robert Yarbrough, a reputed orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement, recently joined the North Fulton community with a new office in Roswell. Dr. Yarbrough’s experience and expertise with the anterior hip replacement make him an invaluable asset to the North Fulton team. When he’s not enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his family, Dr. Yarbrough is improving the quality of life for debilitated patients all over the Metro Atlanta area and beyond.


deformatives with limited function. With surgery, you can repair that and make a significant difference in their ANSWER I did my undergrad at quality of life and help them to become Davidson College in North Carolina, more active. That’s something I’ve followed by med school at Emory really been drawn to. It’s really been in University School of Medicine. I did my residency at the Medical University the last 4 years that I’ve focused on of South Carolina and was certified by this, and it’s for that reason. the American Board of Orthopedic WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP Surgeons. I’m also a member of the WITH YOUR FATHER AS A American Association of Hip & Knee ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON? Surgeons. ANSWER When I was pretty young, I WHEN AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE would follow him round the TO BECOME AN ORTHOPEDIC emergency room looking at fractures. SURGEON? I’d say it was around junior high that I started, or maybe even younger. I ANSWER It was during med school worked in the clinic over the summers. that I first decided. My father is a retired orthopedic surgeon. I followed I learned so much just helping around him around his clinic and at the hospi- the clinic. tal. I learned a lot from his experiences. HOW DID YOU END UP WORKING I initially wanted to do pediatrics in WITH NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL? med school. But, after rotations, I ANSWER I was contacted by North decided ortho was going to be my Fulton specifically to do anterior hip focus. I’ve moved more to adult care, replacements. I’ve been doing that in but I still work with kids sometimes. Cumming for the last 2.5 years. Then, I WHAT DREW YOU SPECIFICALLY TO came to this office in February of this JOINT REPLACEMENT? year. It was very recent. ANSWER I like that in this work, you YOU HAVE ALSO BEEN CHIEF OF see a tangible improvement in patient SURGERY FOR NORTHSIDE outcomes. They may have significant









ANSWER As chief, you help with the day-to-day operations and oversee improvements. Some of the administrative stuff isn’t very fun, but I really just wanted to be involved in keeping our quality of care at the top level.



ANSWER Anterior hip replacement and hip replacement are the two most common. I also see plenty of partial and full knee replacements, but hip joints are my primary focus. Dr Yarbrough and his family enjoy outdoor activities


ANSWER I did once take care of a patient with flesh Robert Yarbrough, MD eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis as it’s called. It was very challenging, and gut wrenching of course. It was a scary experience, but very rewarding. He had been treated in the ER before, but was released. He came to us and we took him to surgery same day. We were able to save his leg, and ultimately his life. He recovered and was able to go back to work.



ANSWER With a lot of the problems we see, like mobility and walking, we can make a big impact with treatment. It’s so rewarding to see a patient who can’t do what they want or do simple activities like tying their shoes or walking around, and you can treat them. You get to see them improve and be able to return to their normal activities.



ANSWER I am very involved with my kids and spend most of my time with IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ANOTHER them. We love camping together. We’re AREA OF MEDICINE, WHAT WOULD actually going this weekend. I coach IT BE? ANSWER Definitely pediatrics. I think my oldest son’s lacrosse team and play working with kids is so rewarding, but on an adult team called “Old Guys Lacrosse.” Recently, we’ve been riding it’s also just fun. Being around dirt bikes, which feels a bit hypocritical children… they help keep you young as an orthopedist. It’s a good way to and fresh. I do miss it sometimes. But get us away from our screens and now I have three boys of my own to outside in the dirt. keep me entertained and on my toes.




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Over 60 women came out on Tuesday, March 24 to learn more about how to be more beautiful, inside and out. Doctors from North Fulton Hospital spoke on topics ranging from hormones to cosmetic surgery and 13 local companies came out to offer massages, make up touch ups, exciting product samples and more!


On Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Anand Mehta, along with Roswell INC and many members of the community celebrated the grand opening ribbon cutting of the North Fulton Primary Care Center. The crowd was treated to a wide array of food from local restaurants as well as tours of the beautiful new facility, which is currently accepting appointments.



Talking Exclusivity In Dating

By Di Chapman

Diane of East Cobb asks, “We’ve been dating for a few months, but he doesn’t want to commit to being exclusive. Should that be a deal breaker for me?’ Diane, it’s time to put your finger in the air and say, “Next!” I have one piece of advice for you, unless you want to be in a non-committed, “don’t-know-where this is going” relationship—head for the exit! Look, if you’re dating him because you want to find a husband, you’re like most women I know. You want to find a man to share your life. You probably aren’t, however, looking for someone, plus a few other unknown women to share it. Nonetheless, if you’re losing sleep because this gentleman you’ve dated for a few months apparently dates other women, too, your dreams of wedding vows fade. Girl, you need a lesson and here it is. The Facts of Life, Part Deux Let’s talk male hormones. If you’ve found yourself single after a long marriage, whether widowed or divorced, you may need to brush up on the facts of life. Sure, you told your kids about these, but remember when your sons grew out of their teenage years and became men, but their hormones stayed in teen overdrive? Fast forward to the gentleman you’re dating. When it comes to boy meets girl as grown adults, men are still teenagers. We women are so wired to have monogamous intimacy, while men are wired to have the wild thing. Therein lies point number one regarding your current noncommited relationship. The second point is something I’ve

written about before. A girl on each arm in the male world is a badge of honor. Please, ladies, no anger. If we’re thinking “weddings,” why can’t he think of dating more than one woman? It’s Quid pro quo. Now, a touchy question, girls: Is the gentleman who’s going nowhere fast with you married? Are you in love with him? Is he cooing to you about his “unhappiness” with his wife? You, sweet cheeks, are handing him the keys to the stable. He has two women to play with, and every guy in the locker room wonders, “How did that son of a gun pull it off?” So, what to do? First, say goodbye. Then, go ahead! Clear out his things, gifts and flowers. This is the womanhood rite of breaking up. Now, stop and compliment yourself. Men don’t spend time with women they’re not interested in. Don’t look in the mirror and wonder what’s wrong with you. It wasn’t that cellulite dimple. He found something very right about you. Unfortunately, he finds something very right about her, and her, and her, as well. Finally, girlfriend, I’ll quote graffiti that’s painted on women’s restroom walls everywhere: “You’re too good for him.” ❍ Need advice on your love life? Write to Di at diychapman@icloud.com. All correspondence is confidential.

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THE QUEST FOR ZZZZ’S Our 24-hour lifestyle is eating our brains. By Di Chapman

The Walking Dead have nothin’ on me. My deadlinecentered life has left me a brain-dead zombie for, well, let’s just say, too many years. I’ve convinced myself that it’s the way of the writer’s life, banging on the keyboard, pulling all-nighters and relishing the sounds of silence contrasting a clamoring daytime world that constantly begs for my attention. My life is full of tanking up on coffee at 1 a.m. when I realize it’ll be another two hours of writing before I put a document to bed, honestly, even long before I consider doing so myself. I try to get to bed at a reasonable time every night to pursue the elusive eight hours that make me feel like a rested person. Seriously, though? Rest? Hasn’t that gone the way of the landline phone and the eight-track? Wait a minute. Who am I kidding? Last year, I started reading and listening to information about sleep

studies, most of them posted by neuroscientists. These guys were rock stars in 2014, and of course I was drawn to this topic after a lifetime of sleep deprivation. The more research was posted and printed, the more terrified I became. “Lack of sleep can lead to irreversible brain damage,” says P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD. There it is. I’m a goner. Et Tu? Come on, come clean. It’s reported that at least 40% of us are prowling after midnight. You’ve got brain damage, too. You’re out there like vampires

Let’s face it. We’re all potentially midnight creatures now. We watch our texts and social media activity, read, engage in our favorite pursuits or watch our favorite shows about zombies. There’s just too much great stuff to do other than sleeping. And what of young adults? They’re worse than us old folks. The millennial generation is certainly not immune to the effects of sleep deprivation. Like the studies on multi-tasking, sleep studies show that sleeplessness leads to less than optimal brain function. Many scientists eagerly await the chance to study these guys’ brains when they’re 50. Okay, you zombies. Success magazine features a helpful tidbit regarding how to get a good night’s sleep. What is it? “Blame your tablet.” Stop reading on electronic devices at night because their lightemitting screens extend the time it takes to fall asleep, and decrease alertness the next day. Ergo, we return to the premise of this column. Yes, indeed, our lifestyle is eating our brains. I’m at my word count now, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s a good thing. My eyes are closing involuntarily, and my head is nodding over the keyboard. It’s another night of six hours for us, my friends. The sleep researchers have our number. In just a few short years, we’ll be joining the afterlife of walking dead people. And that ain’t pretty. ❍


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joining me every night. My outgoing emails and postings in the wee hours bring me responses from at least one somebody somewhere 100% of the time. I think to myself, “Why aren’t these people asleep?” Really, Di? Really? So what do the good doctors tell us about lack of sleep? Brace yourselves, friends. Nobody can say definitively that sleep depravation leads to the Big Magilla known as Alzheimer’s, but what they do know is that sleep clears out toxins in your brain, including the dreaded amyloidal plaque that is associated with it. Then there’s the brain damage thing. Lack of sleep may be linked to a shrinking brain volume, although it’s not clear whether a lack of sleep causes a small brain, or if a small brain causes lack of sleep. Well, that explains it! I have an exceptionally tiny brain. I knew it! Finally, deep sleep repairs our bodies, including our brains, and processes the junk that bombards us every day. This processing keeps us functioning at our best. You’d think our brains would want to turn off during sleep, though, to give them a rest. I often say that my brain wants to explode. But, brains don’t turn off. Their Glymphatic System is what clears out it’s own sewage-like toxins, according to Dr. Doraiswamy. A recent HuffPost article gives a synopsis of additional goodies that result from insomnia. We’re apt to eat more and suffer from obesity and diabetes. Our risk for heart disease increases. We look bad. Our risk of death increases. Men, I hate to tell you, but your sperm count decreases. All of this comes from the lack of zzzzz’s. Got your attention? And what of beauty sleep? With my pursuit of the fountain of youth, at the very least, you’d wonder why I wasn’t consumed with getting eight hours nightly. Sleep is necessary for beauty. Note the repair and detoxing of cells mentioned above. I’m beating myself with a fish now. This news is the toughest.

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SOLVE LANDSCAPE DILEMMAS Choose Plant Materials Suitable to the Location

Succulents are low-maintenance design statements with remarkable texture. Photo by Nancy Wallace By Nancy Wallace

Spring is here, and we’ve all been waiting months to get started in the garden. I spend the early weeks in spring getting my clients’ containers and hanging baskets organized in preparation for another growing season. If you haven’t used succulents in container gardens yet, there’s another plant world waiting to be discovered. Hanging baskets are ideal for succulent gardens because they drain quickly. Most succulents (hens and chicks (Sempervivum), Echeveria, and Sedum, to name but a few), require well drained soil and enjoy the same horticultural conditions: sun and occasional watering. When choosing an arrangement for either a container or a hanging basket, don’t forget to include cascading succulents from the Sedum family, which are available with concentric or bean-shaped foliage in shades of green, gold and even blue. Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum) has beautiful, drooping, blue-pearl tendrils that grow several feet in length. Blooming Kalanchoe is often sold in the florist section of the grocery store, where you’ll find colorful hybrids with scalloped leaves worthy of inclusion in any succulent garden.

The cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) grows in shady, boggy soils, with bold red flowers for hummingbirds. Photo by Nancy Wallace

Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. Follow her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com.

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I don’t know about you, but I am fond of repurposing “found objects” into something for the garden. Whenever I have a few minutes, I’ll stop into one of my favorite thrift shops and do a quick sweep to see if anything catches my eye. There is something serendipitous about discovering a new object and knowing exactly what kind of plant it will work with. When I stumbled upon a couple of old candy tins, I knew they would be the perfect “planters” Growing succulents in vintage candy tins. for succulents. In order to preserve my newPhoto by Nancy Wallace found treasures, I carefully lined the inside of the tins with aluminum foil, and found some small terra cotta pots that fit inside the tins. Most garden centers have a year round selection of succulents, so I had no trouble finding a couple of small plants for the terra cotta pots. I gave them a light drink of water, because succulents require very little moisture, which means I won’t have to water them very often. And because oldfashioned candy tins often come with beautifully decorated lids, I put the newly planted tins on an old silver tray (another flee market find) along with the lids as part of my new indoor garden. The succulents now sit in a sunny window year round, but I have begun a habit of creating these as hostess and shower gifts for friends. Succulents are easy to care for, and require little effort. Damp Or Wet Areas Of The Landscape Moving away from the subject of low-water-use plants, I’ve had the opportunity in the last year to design a few “water gardens” (which has nothing to do with aquatic ponds). Damp or wet areas of the landscape may hold water naturally due to a high water table, often caused by an underground stream, and some landscapes have areas that were graded improperly, and hold water for a short time after a storm. Most of us are aware that too much water can be fatal to plant material, which is why it’s so important when designing a project like this to choose plants that tolerate above-average moisture conditions. A surprising number of plant materials (some native, some not) will grow and thrive in just such an environment. Landscaping a boggy or moisture-prone area of the garden is dual purpose: you are solving a problem, while also beautifying an area of the landscape. What better way to ensure the value of your home? For large bog gardens, use trees like the American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), Winter King hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’, a true four-season landscape tree), and Magnolia virginiana with its lovely lemon-scented summer blooms. Shrubsize plant materials can include American beautyberry with its spectacular purple-berried branches in fall (Callicarpa americana), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’), and our native hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. If you are a perennial grower, there are many options, so I’ll include just a couple of my favorites. For sun, include Louisiana swamp iris and canna lilies. For shade, there is nothing lovelier than the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) with its showy red flowers for attracting hummingbirds. Just remember, that no matter what garden challenge you face, there is always something in the way of plant material that can solve your problem, if careful consideration is made to your garden’s unique horticultural conditions. ❍

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The locals within a mile or two already know. Now we’re making it official. Foundation Social Eatery in Roswell on the east side on Holcomb Bridge Road is setting a new standard. It’s tucked in behind Aqua Blue and the New Taqueria Tsunami. They are now a year old and in my opinion it’s time to promote Foundation Social Eatery Chef/Owner Mel Toledo Chef/Owner Mel Photo by Christopher Hornaday Toledo to “Master Class Chef.” No ifs, no buts. He is there and his team is with him. So needless to say I like this place a lot. Is it worth driving to? Should you dare crossover GA400? Should you leave East Cobb to enjoy a great dinner? Yes, Yes, and Yessssssss. It’s a foodie place but definitely not a snooty place. The interior has a cool, urban, comfy and reclaimed vibe going. I haven’t met them all, but everyone front of house I have met is rock solid. They provide lovely service and they know their chefs, their food to perfection. This is seamless work by a well-run team. It’s the same story in the back of the house. They feature superb organization, symphony quality teamwork that features the best ingredients. They want you to come share what they love and apparently have a pretty good time doing. Prices? Very fair, near low ($16-

$27 dinner & $12-$20 lunch), for the quality of food on offer. The $18 house-made fettuccini featuring a chicken bolognaise is worth every penny. It’s a week later and writing about it has me hungry. Plus, I like the portions. Gorgeously plated but not dainty. They feature full bar, nice wine list, very reasonable prices. A place this good is not an accident. It’s no flash in a pan. Chef Mel Toledo, welcome to the top of the list. I would sit in the parking lot to eat this man’s food… and think myself lucky. Mel has well over a decade of experience, and not just in Atlanta. He’s plied his trade in California and France, bringing a world of experience to each plate. His last stint was at Century House Tavern in Atlanta. Mel also

25 sharpened his teeth in the legendary Atlanta kitchen of Bacchanalia and at the oft-lamented Posh, named Atlanta’s best new restaurant when it opened in 2007, as well as earning a spot in Gayot’s top 10 new U.S. restaurants in that year. By any measure, Toledo’s qualifications are impeccable.

Restaurant News… Taqueria Tsunami, a very popular Marietta Square restaurant has opened their new location alongside the Foundation Social Eatery in what is now a very nice collection of choice eating spots. As long as they stick to the formula this is going to be good. Altogether the east side of Roswell and Johns Creek have picked up a lot recently. Making this spot of road altogether more interesting for us all. Notice it. Pizza. It’s like it died and separated. The awful corporate $5 pizza’s almost won the battle. If only a top quality pizza place that delivered existed. Well I found it, Real Fix Pizzeria, located at 14 Elizabeth Way just off Canton Street in Roswell. If you’re within 5 miles of that area you have to try these guys out. This is a neighborhood joint

Real Fix Pizzeria featuring authentic Neapolitan pies, unique fried pizzas in a relaxing atmosphere. These guys do handcrafted using only the freshest ingredients. Folks the dough is prepared using a 96hour leavening process…I don’t even know how many days that is! You think the corporate guys do that? Come on we’re a better society than $5 pizzas. ❍

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Roswell Cycling Festival is a weeklong, family friendly celebration of bicycle culture. By Tripp Liles

We’re definitely headed into festival season, with plenty of great events on the horizon. With over a decade long tradition, the Roswell Cycling Festival, held Apr. 18-26, is a unique festival that is expanding this year into a weeklong event with activities for the whole family, including non-riders. The festival, started in 2002, has brought together over 65,000 community members sharing their passion for riding. Event organizers are now hoping to expand the reach of the event by appealing to the wider community in an effort to promote biking and community connectivity. This years’ event promises to be the largest yet - with a weeklong schedule of events for the whole family, and yes, even for the nonriders. The activities will begin on April 18th with the Big Creek Quick Six Enduro and end on the 26th

with the Historic Roswell Criterium. Beyond the cycling events, organizers this year are expanding the entertainment offerings - highlighted by a craft beer festival and live music. “Our goal is to get more members of the community on bikes, regardless of age and ability, and to bring the community together,” said Sam Chontos, a Director of Bike Roswell. “We aim to make this event bigger and better by stretching it out over the course of a week.” The first task in expanding the scope of the festival is to capture the attention of people who are not active riders. Within the cycling community there is a desire to bridge the gap between riders and non-riders. Bike Roswell and other local cycling groups are presenting a proactive message to the community and leaders that you need not be a “hard core” rider to participate. All ages and skill levels are invited and encouraged to participate, or just come out and enjoy a great time.

“Bike Roswell is now a 501c3 that advocates for a more bike friendly Roswell,” Chontos stated. “We also are not just for people in Roswell. Anyone who drives through Roswell also has an interest in what we want to accomplish with regards to connectivity and accessibility.” With a weeklong schedule, there are plenty of events for everyone. This will be the first year for the Craft Beer Tasting to be held on the final day of the festival. Each patron will receive a souvenir 5oz beer stein to sample beers featured at 11 participating restaurants in the Historic Roswell district. They will also have live music and events for children. Some of the popular events returning are the Mayor’s Ride, a Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo and a festival expo. The rodeo is especially popular with kids, as they can participate in skills and safety clinics, and an agespecific race on the same course as the professionals. The main event, the Roswell Criterium, held on the 26th, is among the top one-day Criterium (crit) races in the country, and is

sanctioned by USA Cycling. A “crit” race is one that is held on a short course, often run on city streets. This event is part of the USA CRITS Speed Week Series, which offers prize money and season points for the professional riders involved. There has been tremendous ground gained by the members of the local cycling community over the past few years. Roswell is the first city in Georgia to be awarded a bronze level of certification by the League of American Bicyclists, and leaders want to push even more for that silver level. With the Atlanta region recently recognized as having the longest commutes in the U.S., perhaps its time to look at some alternative modes of transportation. For more information on the race and the weeklong festival visit www.bikeroswell.com or www.RoswellCyclingFestival.com. ❍ Photo: Sam Chontos of Bike Roswell with his kids on Canton Street in Roswell.

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THESE DARLINS ROCK THE TRACK Marietta Derby Darlins skate into a new season full of thrills and spills.

Pictured: Vexing Violet, Charlie Chaos, Pyrojaniac, YodaLadyWho, Motleigh Cruiser Photo: Blaine Cone, The Derby Retina By Matthew W. Quinn

Those who think of roller derby as nothing more than defunct 1970s spectacle can think again. We have our own roller derby team, the Marietta Derby Darlins (MDD), who practice and play both near and far. Marietta librarian Karen Glover serves as president of the MDD, which was founded in 2011. She first got involved through a friend, who posted on Facebook that roller derby seemed like something she’d like. Glover had seen the 2009 film Whip It and thought roller derby might be fun. “And it is,” she said. Roller derby was very popular in the 1970s, but went into decline. However, in the early 2000s it was revived in Austin, TX and began to spread from there. In roller derby, players roll around the track, with four on each team serving as “blockers” while one player each is a “jammer.” Jammers score points by getting by the hips of an opposing team’s blocker. “A jammer has a really, really tough job because the blockers are out to

get you,” Glover said. Blockers can link their bodies into a wall to prevent a jammer from getting past. Certain parts of the body can be struck with hips or shoulders. Glover plays as a blocker because she is not found of jamming. It’s physically very difficult—people are always trying to check the jammers or knock them down. Jammers have to be fast and agile and get back up when they’re hit. “We play flat-track roller derby,” Glover said. “Some of the roller derby you might have seen in the 1970s was played on a ramp, but it’s really difficult to find space for that.” Today’s roller derby is not at all like the 1970s version. There are no flying elbow takedowns or sending the opponent flipping over the outside railing. Roller derby is also not

“chicks in fishnets beating the crap out of each other”, nor is it “recreational aggression therapy for harried housewives.” It is a fast-paced full contact team sport that requires athleticism, speed, and strategy. The Darlins practice at the Northwest Cobb YMCA near where Johnson Ferry Road meets Shallowford Road and at the Hot Wheels Skate Center in Woodstock where their bouts take place. The MDD, comprised of women from various local communities, plays against teams from all over Georgia and the Southeast. A 43-page rulebook administered and enforced by a small army of referees and non-skating officials governs play. “There’s quite a few leagues in Georgia,” Glover said. There are teams from Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, and North Georgia. The Darlins have also faced teams from Alabama, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. In late March, the team faced off against the Dixie Derby Girls in Huntsville, AL, and they plan to travel to Savannah in April. Roller derby has its own unique culture. It’s a longstanding tradition for

players to have nicknames based on their personalities. For example, Glover’s nickname is BiblioBlitzkrieg, a play on her career as a librarian. However, teammates will call one another by a shortened version, multiplying the nicknames further. Not only is Glover a player, but she is also the team’s president. As a librarian, she is good at organizing and managing people. Roller derby, though a nonprofit, is a legitimate business and running that aspect requires skill. It didn’t seem like anybody was going to step up to the plate and Glover thought this was something she would be good at, so she volunteered. Now she’s in her second term as president. Glover emphasized one doesn’t need to play roller derby to enjoy it. “It’s a really fun sport to watch even if you don’t want to get knocked around,” she said. “It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.” Janna “Pyrojaniac” Boevink, a Roswell mechanical engineer, joined the team after a friend asked her to come watch a bout with her. Boevink visited the website, saw they were having tryouts, and continues on p. 30



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bought skates and started practicing. She joined the team in November 2013 and became a blocker. “The object of being a blocker is to help your jammer get through the pack and pass the other teams’ blockers so the jammer can score points,” she said. To that end, a player should stay low and stable. When trying to hold back another team’s jammer or knock them out of play, using one’s teammates for stability and support is important. Janna “Pyrojaniac” Boevink In addition to playing, Boevink also serves as the “head of off-track” in charge of things like fundraising and marketing and helping putting on the bouts. She emphasized the

importance of raising community awareness of the health benefits of roller skating and female athleticism and promoting self-esteem in young women by offering them alternative and athletic venues of expression. Boevink enjoys being a part of the team and the Darlins’ overall athleticism. Through roller derby, she has made a great group of friends. “One of the things I enjoy most about playing roller derby, besides the competition, is the friendships I have formed with the other skaters,” she said. “They truly are a remarkable group of women and I’m proud to be a part of the Marietta Derby Darlins.” Off the track, MDD members are skaters, teachers, small business owners, artists, students, mothers, and business professionals. Any of you ladies looking to get involved or even guys? MDD is seeking skating referees, (men or women), NSO’s (non-skating officials), and bout volunteers. For more info you can visit their site at mariettaderbydarlins.org. ❍

2015 Derby Darlins home bouts take place at Hot Wheels Skate Center, 228 Farm Ridge Road in Woodstock. mariettaderbydarlins.org. Photo: Blaine Cone, The Derby Retina

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